Indonesia Launches National Module on Peace Building for Civil ServantsNov 10, 2015
Jakarta, November 10 – Indonesia, which once experienced a series of sectarian and communal conflicts, on Tuesday launched a national module on peace building for its millions of civil servants.
The Peace Education Curriculum for Government Apparatus and Training Guidelines will be made into a compulsory module for all civil servants seeking to advance their careers. The module was created with support from the State Administration Agency (LAN) and the Ministry for Village, Development of Disadvantaged Regions and Transmigration.
UNDP Indonesia Deputy Country Director YuXue Xue said that peace building has a crucial role to play in the implementation of the Post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), adding that conflicts and violence could set back development.
“Less cohesive societies tend to have greater levels of instability, conflict, violence and crime. In societies where individuals have no voice, people are more inclined to turn to crime and violence,” said Xue who spent several years working in conflict-hit Afghanistan.
Peace building is specifically singled out in the new Global Goals, with Goal 16 aiming to “promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels.”
The Peace Education Curriculum and Training Guidelines will also help ensure government employees mainstream conflict prevention and peace building in their development programmes, he said.
In the years following the resignation of former President Suharto in 1998, Indonesia was struck by a wave of sectarian and communal conflicts, particularly in Maluku, where up to 2,000 people are believed to have been killed.
Since 2002, UNDP Indonesia has worked to strengthen conflict-related policy and institutional frameworks, particularly through the Peace Through Development in Disadvantaged Areas (PTDDA) project.
In 2011, UNDP helped facilitate the drafting of a national bill on social conflict management, which extends greater powers to subnational government in conflict management. The law was the first of its kind in the world.